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AHRI to develop National Standards of Canada


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January 17, 2014

AHRI accredited as Canadian SDO.
AHRI accredited as Canadian SDO.

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has announced that the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has been accredited by SCC to develop National Standards of Canada. The accreditation became effective December 17, 2013. “The accreditation of AHRI as a standards development organization (SDO) in Canada demonstrates SCC’s continued efforts to ensure more standardization solutions are available for use by government, industry, and consumer groups,” said SCC’s chief executive officer, John Walter. AHRI has been accredited by SCC in product, process and service certification in the subject areas of performance ratings and energy efficiency since 2009.

“The accreditation of AHRI as a Canadian SDO fulfills a long-sought goal of our organization and its 300 plus member manufacturers, many of whom provide products and equipment to Canadian customers,” said AHRI president and CEO Stephen Yurek. “It also helps fulfill our ultimate goal of complete standards and certification harmonization throughout North America.”

In 2013 the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI), the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) and Electro-Federation Canada, together with the Standards Council of Canada, formed an alliance and forwarded a joint submission with AHRI to the US-Canada Regulatory Co-operation Council (RCC). The submission dealt with the unnecessary burden for industry and consumers caused by diverging Canadian and U.S. HVAC/R standards.

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